The firefighter who rescued Ryland Ward from the Texas church shooting and tended to him until he was transported to the hospital, gave him a special ride home on Thursday. Ward endured multiple surgeries at San Antonio's University Hospital over more than two months since first responders found him alive but wounded amid the carnage of the November 5 mass shooting, according to UPI.
1st Sunday service held at Sutherland Springs church since attack Ward was shot several times in the Texas massacre that left 26 dead. Duncan was one of the first to go inside the church.not knowing what he'd find inside. But her daughters Brooke Ward, 5, and Emily Garcia, 7, were killed.
Many got emotional at the sight of Ryland returning home on a firetruck. "I started crying. It's wonderful to be in a small town and we love our children".
Duncan often visited Ryland in the hospital to keep the boy's spirits up, CBS News reports.
Once he rushed inside the church, he went through the aisles and "started checking for people's pulses", Duncan said. From the time I saw his eyes looking up at me inside the church, the whole time his eyes were open looking up at me laying on the ground to the minute I saw him for the first time at the hospital.
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"He's starting to walk again", she said. "Of course with my help, but he walked", he said.
ABC News reports that now six-year-old Ryland Ward has miraculously fought to survive after receiving multiple gunshot wounds.
"It's just a miracle he survived and is doing as well as he is", Sandy Ward, the boy's grandmother, told UPI. And it wasn't just locals who came to celebrate.
Sutherland Springs community members gathered in wait, holding signs including "Welcome home handsome" and "Yay buddy".
The Wilson County Fire Department will bring Ward home in one of its fire trucks.